Everybody’s Talking About Jamie: The Movie finally has a release date.
The award-winning musical, which started life in Sheffield and quickly transferred to London’s West End, is based on the real-life story of Jamie Campbell, and follows a schoolboy who dreams of going to prom dressed in drag with the help of his mother.
20th Century Fox have now announced that the film adaptation of the inspiring LGBTQ-themed musical will hit the big screen on 23 October, 2020 – which is just over a year away! – and released a first-look image from the film.
Just Announced: "Everybody's Talking About Jamie," an all-new film based on the hit stage production, is coming to theatres October 23, 2020! The film stars @MaxHarwood (Jamie) and Academy Award nominee @RichardEGrant (Hugo). #JamieMovie pic.twitter.com/fZN5DzNaay
— 20th Century Studios (@20thcentury) August 20, 2019
The film stars newcomer Max Harwood in the leading role of Jamie New, where he makes his professional big screen debut, while BAFTA-winner Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley, Kiri) will play Margaret New, his supportive mother.
Academy Award-nominee Richard E. Grant (Game Of Thrones, Spice World) will star as Hugo and his drag alias Loco Chanel, who teach Jamie how to do drag, and BAFTA-winner Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe, Pulling) will play Jamie’s unsupportive teacher Miss Hedge.
Meanwhile, Shobna Gulati (Coronation Street, Dinner Ladies) will reprise her role as Margaret’s best friend Ray, which she originally played on the West End. Jonathan Butterell is directing, and Tom MacRae is handling screenplay.
Mark Herbert, joint CEO and Producer at Warp Films, said: “It ticks every box for a Warp Film; a great central character; diversity at its core; and a massive amount of heart. We can’t wait to start.”
Jamie Campbell said: “All I originally wanted was to go to my school prom in a dress. Then Firecracker made the documentary. My story then inspired a West End musical. Now it’s a film! It’s incredible. Even I couldn’t have dreamed it.”